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Blue240

Skydiving and Birds

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http://www.dropzone.com/cgi-bin/forum/gforum.cgi?post=2227575 That is one of the more dramatic stories I've read on here.

At my home DZ, we do get hawks that like to flock with and occasionally attack canopies. There's been some damage to canopy cells but not any so substantial as to cause injury. I've had a hawk following me in on final and apparently playing with my pilot chute and topskin, but fortunately no damage.
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I have seen birds nearby when deploying. They just went away very fast. One time at Rantoul at the WFFC, I have seen an osprey below me, surprised, curious but friendly. My fear is about big ones like Canada geese and possible impact in freefall or deployment
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This guy did during the 2011 3rd DIPC in Dubai
Forget his name but his picture is below

Fortunately the bird "flared" and no impact occurred but definitely a close one!
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I have posted this in the past....

Saw someone's chest after a Grashopper strike at about 4000ft. Ouch.
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